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The Big Lift (1950)

Approved | | Drama, War | 26 April 1950 (USA)
Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hank Kowalski
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Frederica Burkhardt
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Gerda
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Stieber (as O. E. Hasse)
Dante V. Morel ...
Dante V. Morel (as Capt. Dante V. Morel)
John R. Mason ...
John R. Mason (as Capt. John R. Mason)
Gail R. Plush ...
Gail R. Plush (as Capt. Gail R. Plush)
Mack Blevins ...
Mack Blevins (as Capt. Mack Blevins)
William A. Stewart ...
William A. Stewart (as Capt. William A. Stewart)
Alfred L. Freiburger ...
Alfred L. Freiburger (as 1st Lt. Alfred L. Freiburger)
Gerald Arons ...
Gerald Arons (as 1st Lt. Gerald Arons)
James Wilson ...
James Wilson (as 1st Lt. James Wilson)
Richard A. Kellogg ...
Richard A. Kellogg (as 1st Lt. Richard A. Kellogg)
Roy R. Steele ...
Roy R. Steele (as 1st Lt. Roy R. Steele)
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Storyline

In 1948, the Soviet Union blockades the Allied sectors of Berlin to bring the entire city under their control. A semi-documentary about the resulting Berlin Airlift gives way to stories of two fictitious U.S. Air Force participants: Sgt. Hank Kowalski, whose hatred of Germans proves resistant to change, and Sgt. Danny McCullough, whose pursuit of an attractive German war widow gives him a crash course in the seamy side of occupied Berlin. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From the Ruins came Hope and Despair

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Drama | War

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26 April 1950 (USA)  »

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Es begann mit einem Kuß  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Associated Press correspondent Richard O'Malley and ABC News correspondent Lyford Moore play themselves. See more »

Goofs

The "Russian fighter" that approaches one of the airlift C-54s is actually a US Air Force Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt." See more »

Quotes

Frederica Burkhardt: When you live in a sewer, you soon discover that the sewer rats are best equipped to survive.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, the "Hollywood" stars (Clift, Douglas etc.), are not credited, however a panoramic coda does credit the principal military service members who portrayed themselves in the film. It shows them standing at attention in front of a C-54, with their names and ranks scrolling across. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Woman on the Run (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles
Sung at the air field by the Air Corps members towards the Navy members
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It's A Big Lift in Entertainment
25 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw The Big Lift. Bought the DVD for 3 dollars. Out-dated since it was filmed on location in Berlin in 1950 at the beginning of the Cold War. However, the camera work, the on-location shots, the use of real military people as actors, and the out-standing performances by Monty Clift and Paul Douglas make this an entertaining night at the movies.

The acting is so good, it doesn't seem like a film at all. Somewhat slow in parts, but overall pretty good. Even a surprise ending. Paul Douglas steals the movie & there is one very disturbing scene in the film in which he is fantastic. Also, you get to see how really handsome Monty Clift really was before the car accident and party-life style aged him way before his time.


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